Pure Veterans

Something something profound
something poignant about war
without being arrogant, jingoistic,
flag-wavin’ Merkin, patriotic
without patronizing, proud
without pandering sentiment.
Maybe some deep symbolism,
how we’re all pure veterans
in the war against maturity,
fascism, adolescence, truth,
or whichever boycotted brand —
but again, without belittling
the ones who’ve held guns,
walked through hails of bullets,
faced unspeakable horrors
in the name of a fight for
abstract, unphysical concepts
which mean all of a world
to those who still have one.

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